Do the heel-rise test and isometric strength improve after Achilles tendon repair using Dresden technique?

Carlos De la Fuente, Hugo Henriquez, Michael R. Carmont, Javiera Huincahue, Tamara Paredes, María Tapia, Juan Pablo Araya, Nicolás Díaz, Felipe P. Carpes

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Background: Achilles’ tendon ruptures result in impaired plantar flexion strength and endurance. It is interesting to know the plantar flexion strength, the number of heel-rise repetitions, and the maximal calf circumference following Achilles’ tendon ruptures repair. Methods: Both the injured and non-injured legs of thirty male patients with Achilles’ tendon ruptures treated with the percutaneous Dresden technique were compared with the ankle function of 30 healthy participants. Rehabilitation involved partial weight-bearing for three weeks and then increased to full weight-bearing and ankle exercises. Results: The injured legs had weaker plantar flexion strength (1.64 ± 0.17 Nm/kg) compared with the non-injured legs (1.91 ± 0.24 Nm/kg; p = 0.002) and the healthy participants’ legs (1.93 ± 0.32 Nm/kg; p < 0.001). The non-injured leg had greater ability in doing heel-rise repetitions (39.4 ± 6.1 rep.) compared with the injured legs (37.2 ± 5.7 rep.; p < 0.023) and the healthy participants’ legs (31.0 ± 13.0 rep.; p < 0.001). Conclusions: The injured leg had not recovered full isometric strength but had improved heel-rise repetition.

Original languageEnglish
JournalFoot and Ankle Surgery
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Asymmetry index
  • Dresden surgery
  • Heel-rise
  • Sport medicine
  • Tear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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